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Title: McIlrath, James L to McIlrath family, 1860
CollectionThe McIlrath Letters_A family history in letters from New Zealand to Ireland (1860-1915) [Bassett, McKee et al.]
SenderMcIlrath, James L
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationemigrant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLiverpool, England
DestinationKillinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientMcIlrath family
Recipient Gendermale-female
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Word Count240
Genrewaiting to set sail
TranscriptLiverpool Dec 1860
Father Mother & brothers,
I take this opportunity again to let you know we are well and that we have just past government inspection and it is generally thought we will set sail this evening
as all things must be ready before the inspector comes on board for so far there is plenty of allowance plenty of fresh meat to dinner and potatoes but they are all broken and the skins on them which
is caused by being boiled in a boiler and lifted out with a small
shovel. After this day there will be more regulations we will
be put into the Messes from four to eight each in his turn to
be butler for a week. There has been nothing yet but confusion
everyone running for their own imagine about three hundred
running to one door as soon as the bell is rung for who can be
first but after this we will go for each mess. I think there is some never goes to bed. Last night the music, the dancing and singing never ceased it is disgusting but after this we must all be in bed at ten and up at seven except sick. I think there is people here from all parts of the known world whole families young and
old of every breed, country and clime.
I must finish as the minister is going to commence Divine worship.

James Mcllrath Liverpool